Did you know that end of summer is the most likely time for an air conditioner to break down? This is especially true if it’s an aging system–that is, once that’s 10-15 years old. Even a well-maintained system can’t last forever! And if you haven’t kept up on maintenance, and/or you haven’t followed up with your repair needs, you’ll definitely need some repairs as summer comes to an end.
Read on as we uncover some of the most common end-of-season repair needs, and give our team a call for trustworthy AC services!
Common Late-Summer AC Problems You Might See
After a long summer of keeping you reliably cool, your air conditioning system might run into problems due to all the strain on it. These are some of the more common issues you might need to call our team to repair:
Your air conditioner has two types of electrical capacitors. One is called the start capacitor which signals your AC to cycle on, while the other one is called the run capacitor, and it keeps your system running until it reaches the desired temperature on your thermostat.
These capacitors, ironically, are sensitive to high heat. So, they do succumb to natural wear and tear, losing their ability to hold an electric charge after a series of hot summers. You might notice your cooling system making clicking noises when it starts up or struggling to get the compressor going.
This “hard starting” could be a warning of the capacitor failing. You’ll need our HVAC pros to replace it!
Have you discovered an acrid, burning stench coming from your air conditioner or your room vents? The likely culprit is one of the motors is about to burn out. This can occur due to the loss of lubrication, or even too much dust on the motor.
Shut down your air conditioner and call our team right away for repairs. We may be able to save your motor! If not, we’ll be able to replace it for you.
Frozen Evaporator Coil
The indoor coil of your air conditioner is known as the evaporator coil. This is where the cold refrigerant evaporates in order to remove heat from your home. The coil should never have any ice on it!
If there is ice developing anywhere on your air conditioning system, it means that the refrigerant is not absorbing enough heat for some reason, and is remaining so cold that any moisture that makes it to your evaporator coil is freezing over along its surface. This could be the warning of a refrigerant leak, which is a serious issue you should have addressed right away.
Have you noticed low airflow from your vents? If the airflow seems weaker than usual, there could be a few different things going on. For instance, it could be a clogged air filter. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to resolve. You should be replacing or cleaning your air filter every 1-3 months during periods of use.
Another possibility is that you have a damaged motor fan or damaged ductwork. Whatever the case, we can help!